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Spice Up Your Summer SkiErg Training

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May 14, 2015

One of the best features of Concept2 ergs (ski or rowing) is that they accurately measure the work you’re doing. In addition, the flywheel calibrates itself on every rundown to take ambient conditions into account, so someone at altitude can compare their erg time with someone at sea level, regardless of the weather and environmental conditions.

What’s so great about this? It means you can race! You can compare your times and distances with friends and competitors in another state, country or continent. It also makes the SkiErg a great tool for tracking your training progress by comparing your performance in a certain workout from one time to the next. Continue Reading ›

500m Split. What does it mean?

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Mar 17, 2015

Pace on the PM5

For the on-water rowing community, the common measure of pace is generally “time per 500 meters,” which can be more clearly stated as “how long it takes you to row 500 meters.” This traditional measure has been brought indoors to the erg as well, and is now used by a majority of indoor rowers. But what does it mean? Why is it used? What are the other options? Continue Reading ›

Skiing through Winter

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Feb 10, 2015

Craftsbury athletes on the SkiErg

Skiing, whether on the Concept2 SkiErg or out on the trails, is proving to be an effective cross-training tool for many rowers. Elite rowers worldwide are spending time this winter skiing to complement their rowing training. The SkiErg makes skiing accessible for everyone.

For over 20 years, the Norwegian Rowing Federation has been sending its rowers to a three-week high altitude cross-country camp each year in Italy. Nils Jakob Hoff of the Norwegian Double explains that Nordic skiing “is a great way to get many hours of training during winter. It is easy on the muscles, and as a Norwegian, it is good for the soul as well. Physically, it develops the lats and core, which we are so dependent on.” Continue Reading ›

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Model B Restoration

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Jan 12, 2015

An abandoned Model B "Before"

Concept2 takes great pride in supporting our customers from the Model E all the way back to the Model A. This means that we continue to sell spare parts for older models and provide support to keep equipment running and out of landfills. Our goal is to promote and encourage the growth of rowing. Often, refurbished indoor rowers allow individuals who do not want to buy a new indoor rower enjoy the sport. We thought we would share one great story (of many we’ve received) of a neglected erg that found a new home. With a little bit of money, patience, and some guidance, Tristan Armesto turned a derelict Model B into a shiny racing machine. Continue Reading ›

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State Names Concept2 as a Vermont Green Business

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Dec 30, 2014

We are proud to announce that Concept2 has been named a Vermont Green Business by the State of Vermont for our environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. The Vermont Green Business Program provides assistance to businesses desiring to “green up” their operations and recognizes businesses of all sizes for meeting a set of environmental standards. Continue Reading ›

Better Ways to Carry and Store Oars at Regattas

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Nov 12, 2014

At the 2014 Head Of The Charles Regatta, we introduced a simple new oar carrier that holds four sweep oars or two pair of sculls. Made of Baltic Birch Plywood, six carriers can be cut from a single 5’ x 5’ piece. You can access the plans to build your own, or—as of early December—you can purchase carriers directly from Concept2 for $25 each. We'll sell them like “unfinished furniture.” You can finish them in your team colors for easy identification. Continue Reading ›

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